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    I am a 23 year old new dancer and I am thinking about it doing it for the next 8- 10 years. The question is am I too old to start this yes I know i am not old but considering I havent been dancing since 18 ? I really like dancing I do cam but i just don't enjoy it really and am not comfortable with my image possibly being all over the internet in the future. I am finally in a place where I just need to get my shit together and save money and move on with my life. I was in a very abusive relationship since 18 and then a relationship with another loser, that is finally over. I am just really wanting to focus on Myself. I have plans and goals after dancing but making this my fulltime thing now is what I am planning to do. Any ladies have experience with this and are doing it or have done it? Thanks so much!

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    No you're not too old.


    Take it one step at a time.

    Planning the next 8-10 years with only minimal club experience is foolish. You never know how things will go.

    I've noticed that with every passing year, the money is tougher and tougher to make. I have my own personal (reasonable) quotas established for every week and month. The truth is I used to have daily quotas but now each day is so hit-and-miss that I had to stop torturing myself and look at the bigger picture. With each year, it's become tougher. Keep in mind, it's not because I'm getting older but because customers can't spend as much as they used to and competition has ramped up.

    8-10 years is a long time. As I approach my 8 year mark, I can tell you that things have changed. If things deviate from this downward trajectory, you will have no problem... if they keep going the way they have been, well I don't know.

    But that's neither here nor there. So keep at it. Work hard. And most importantly... SAVE YOUR MONEY!
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    You like it now because you're somewhat new but after a year or two of doing it and dealing with all the grabby customers, drunk crazy girls, bad nites, etc you might like it less. Also, keep in mind that dancing will never come with health insurance, and while meeting a good guy period is never a sure thing (as you know) and while some dancers do find good bfs/husbands while still dancing, dancing makes it that much harder. Plus like Sophia said, the money seems like its going downhill because of the economy and also because of more access to porn online/ more options for guys to get that gotta-see-naked fix, and (in some places) stricter laws. And if you do have other career goals, just remember that the longer youre out of the vanilla career world, the harder it is to get back into it. So I would say dont make it your only plan, plan to get some sort of schooling, start some sort of business on the side, etc at some point. The way I look at it is, if I get out of stripping 1 or 2 years from now and get a regular job, and then lets say 8 years after that the economy magically becomes great and dancing is great again, I can always lose the 15 lbs I will inevitably have gained after quitting and go back to it, or do it on the side. If, on the other hand, I do nothing but dance for the next eight years and it suddenly gets even worse than it is now, Im sort of stuck.

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    I quit dancing, got normal jobs for about four years THEN went back because I missed it! I was 27-8 then.
    I'm 30 now and intend to dance until I really don't enjoy it any more-probably into my late thirties. I wouldn't plan the next few years though, concentrate on dancing as your job now and see what happens
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    Yes I enjoy dancing now at 29 more (be 30 in a few months) then I did when i was younger and I also took a break for a few years after getting burnt out as sugar mentioned then came back at 28. So I say enjoy it now SAVEEEEE and just see how things go. That way if you get burnt out you can take a year off and then go back when youre ready. Also take a trade or go to school for something and have that under your belt as well, jsut in case. Good luck

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    There is nothing wrong with wanting to make a career out of dancing however as others have said try to have a back-up plan. School, a trade, your own business, etc just something that you know you can fall back on when things go bad.

    I think of it this way. School for me is like an insurance policy because even though I love this industry at times I want to throw in the towel and I know for a fact that one day I will want out.

    However if you want dance for the next 8-10 years then I would highly recommend saving as much money as possible.

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    save. have back up plan. but other than that, noo 23 is not too old! i started at 23..yeah, the its getting harder to earn money as a dancer, but that's a reflection on how poorly the rest of the economy is doing..its harder to make a living/get hired everywhere unfortunately. as long as you are great at your job and smart, there will always be money to make. especially in the adult industry.
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    Thanks for responding everyone I guess I will just keep at it as long as possible and save as much as I can.!

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    Sounds great. Good luck!
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    I actually worked as a Respiratory Therapist right out of college, and never walked into a strip club until I was 25 years old. 12 and a half years later, after making a career out of 'serious, professional dancing', I have enough money saved and invested to allow me to retire ! And I'm not just talking about retiring from dancing to do something else, I mean TOTALLY retired i.e. I have enough passive earnings coming in from my savings and investments that I'll never have to worry about working again at ANYTHING if I don't want to !!!

    If you can deal with the psychological 'bruises' that dancing inflicts, and if you can handle the physical strain, IMHO dancing offers the absolute best possible return on the time and effort you invest. The real trick, of course, is to keep a clear focus on the reason you are dancing ... and to continue to live at your current standard of living / lifestyle. Lots of dancers have literally earned a million dollars during their dancing career but have little or nothing to show for that effort, except a closet full of designer clothes, pictures from expensive vacations, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melonie View Post
    I actually worked as a Respiratory Therapist right out of college, and never walked into a strip club until I was 25 years old. 12 and a half years later, after making a career out of 'serious, professional dancing', I have enough money saved and invested to allow me to retire ! And I'm not just talking about retiring from dancing to do something else, I mean TOTALLY retired i.e. I have enough passive earnings coming in from my savings and investments that I'll never have to worry about working again at ANYTHING if I don't want to !!!

    If you can deal with the psychological 'bruises' that dancing inflicts, and if you can handle the physical strain, IMHO dancing offers the absolute best possible return on the time and effort you invest. The real trick, of course, is to keep a clear focus on the reason you are dancing ... and to continue to live at your current standard of living / lifestyle. Lots of dancers have literally earned a million dollars during their dancing career but have little or nothing to show for that effort, except a closet full of designer clothes, pictures from expensive vacations, etc.


    Melonie- do you think that someone coming into the game when the economy is not so great could have your situation, which is pretty awesome if I do say so so how did you do it ? I am planning on saving everything I can.... Besides that, you guys are such smart & strong women and i really appreciate all your feedback

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    ^^^ Truthfully, I don't know. When I first started dancing the tech boom was still happening ... tax rates were lower for both dancers and club customers ... adult websites / webcams were still in high growth mode ... there was still a viable 'feature' industry ... etc. So from the standpoint of AVERAGE earnings potential, I had a lot easier time of it.

    However, one economic rule that was true back then and is still true today is Pareto's principle ... which in the context of dancing means that 80% of the available money will come from just 20% of the available customers. So the trick still is to locate the 20% of customers who have decent amounts of money to spend, find 'channels' to be able to access them in a concentrated way ( i.e. big city clubs in cities with high earning economic segments i.e. finance industry, energy industry etc. ), and put in the time and effort necessary to separate them from their money !!! Then as now, this means being willing to move to 'where the money is'.

    Another aspect of this is that certain events / times will provide temporary opportunities to access customers with huge amounts of money to spend ... with an example being this weekend's huge Super Bowl 'invasion' of New Orleans. So then as now, this means being willing to travel in order to 'cash in' on these temporary opportunities.

    Yet another aspect is being willing to 'invest in yourself' i.e. cosmetic surgery, near fanatic workouts etc., to really allow your 'image' to 'stand out' from across the club !!! In big city clubs, time is money for both the dancers and the well-heeled customers, thus customers often decide which dancer to spend money on via visual appeal ( versus spending time in conversation etc. ) So anything that a dancer can do to help her make an immediate 'impression' on customers will translate into higher cash flow !

    And the last point actually has little to do with dancing other than the fact that dancing is the source of initial 'contributions' ... saving and investing wisely. Compound interest is a truly amazing thing. I don't know where you live ( thus what tax rate you must pay ), but a 6% tax free state municipal bond will DOUBLE the money you initially 'contributed' to purchase it within 12 years !!! So putting forth the extra effort to earn another $10k THIS year will translate into an extra $20k when you start thinking about retirement 12 years later !!!
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    Thanks Melonie, I found that post really helpful and insightful (toying with boob job idea at moment)!
    Edited to add, I got me a Master's degree when I took time off so I do have a fallback if anything happens.
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    I started when I was 23. Semi retired at 34 (I.e. only worked huge moneymaking events) and fully retired at 36. If you are smart with your money and determined to use the cash flow from the industry to create new streams of income to replace the stripper cash, you will be fine.

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    Ummm???... Shouldn't this technically be in the newbies thread? As to your question, "Are you too old"? No

    Sounds like you have problems doing web camming, but if you think dancing is going to be less stressful or hectic then I would say don't do it. Sounds like your you having burn out from web camming and not in a good place mind wise and the strip clubs (the way some are right now) could really eat you up or burn you out real fast. Like others suggest if you do do this use the money for bigger and better things like a marketable degree,trade, side business, or something else to fallback on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana009 View Post
    Ummm???... Shouldn't this technically be in the newbies thread?
    ThreadJack Alert!

    YES! I reported some out-of place posts but the posts remain.

    Let's see.... which posts are (still) here.... when they really belong in:


    Club chat:
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...ubs-in-Atlanta
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...ourne-dancers-!!!
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...veling-dancers
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...bs-In-DMV-area
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...7-Vegas-Ladies!

    Body Business:
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...like-CoCo-Halp
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...1373-Ass-Shots
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...-back-on-stage
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...stripper-shoes

    And that's just the first page.

    The second page features these misplaced posts:

    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...o-voice-at-all
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...lastic-surgeon!!!!!!
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...n-north-dakota
    http://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sho...tlanta-to-work

    Bleh, no offense to anyone but I'm sick of posts about clubs, butts, and shoes popping up in Stripping General constantly.
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